The end of the university life was almost like an end of an era. There was no time to eat on time let along eating healthy. After a hard day at work, it seems too much of an effort to even think about going to a gym. From dine-outs with colleagues/client to hangouts with friends, it became all about food. Yes, I am a foodie at the cost of my weight on the scale.
I recently went on a trekking trip with friends to Fairy Meadows and Nanga Parbat. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to the base camp and that was only because I had absolutely no stamina to walk. That caught me really bad and I decided that as soon as I go back I need to fix my lifestyle. I am a traveler at heart and I cannot let my health ruin that for me. So I decided to join Fit in 5. Even convinced a friend to join with me.
How I stumbled upon Fit in 5? I was searching up online for fitness trainings in Karachi. Called up many people but none could give me a satisfactory/personalized response. Finally talked to Mustafa – the brains behind this fitness child – and he genuinely responded to all my queries and concerns. That’s where I decided let’s give it a shot!
When I started off my journey, I had a feeling I won’t last long. I was motivated but I am a restless soul. Super impatient. If I don’t see the results then there is nothing that can keep me going. I had a goal of atleast 10 kgs in mind but somewhere I knew that this is impossible to achieve. Voila, 9kgs after 5 weeks, achievement unlocked for me!
My advice: keeping it healthy is important. You will lose weight but you shouldn’t lose your mind. The healthy lifestyle that Fit-in-5 advocates for is bound to make you feel good because you feel light and more active.
My 5 weeks were as follows:
Week 1: I was out of city for a business trip so missed my first session. We were given the meal plans well in advance. The first week was about the High Carb Low Carb diet. The meal plan was fairly simple. My day followed the following routine:
Breakfast at 9am: Boiled eggs
Mid-day lunch at 12pm: 72gms of chicken (everyone had a different measure) cooked in 1tsp of oil with brown bread and boiled veggies
Lunch at 3pm: Same as above
Early dinner at 6pm: Boiled chicken salad
Dinner at 9pm: Same as above
1 glass of detox juice
This was simple. Customized according to the required weight loss each one of us needed. More so, we were all added to a whatsapp group managed by the trainer, Mustafa Totana. The whatsapp group was really beneficial in clarifying all confusions about the meal plan and it was a great motivation to see everyone is going through the same thing. I had literally days where I would vent out and then all the other participants would like come to rescue.
The workout of the first week seemed like the agony of hell. No kidding. It was really painful. Obviously, why wouldn’t it be? Working out after a long time had to come with consequences. At Fit in 5, the workout is different every week. Similarly, it’s different every alternate day as well. So for instance, if we were doing Cardio on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays then there was weight training on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The workout was so deadly that I couldn’t walk without holding on to walls. It was not just me alone, everyone who was doing it for the first time, just couldn’t walk. We were all limping. Honestly speaking, it was at this point that I wanted to run away. I really did want to but then what stopped me was my guilt. The guilt of gaining weight which was now painful to lose. The guilt of compromising on a healthy lifestyle for all these years.
Sundays was a detox day till next 5 days. Just like 5 meals a day, we had to take 5 glasses of the detox juice with 3 hour interval each. The idea was to cleanse our system. I can literally do another blog on the benefits of detox that I experienced myself. So this habit I am for sure never letting go.
Week 2: The meal plan was the same. The pain was the same. The workout was different. But slowly and gradually we started enjoying the pain. It was the sweet pain of exercise because you knew that you will for sure get some results. The ones, who were doing this for second or third time, shared their stories, from what they started to where they have reached now. And I decided in my head, if they can do it, so can I. So now there is no turning back.
Week 3: This was a veggies week. So my meal plan was as follows:
Breakfast at 9am: Oat meal
Mid-day lunch at 12pm: Lentils (kali masoor only) or Black chickpeas salad
Lunch at 3pm: Vegetables (cauliflower, loki, brinjal and okra was allowed only) with brown roti
Early dinner at 6pm: Almonds (7-8 only)
Dinner at 9pm: Vegetables with brown roti
1 glass of detox juice
This meal plan was tough. Why? Because I am not a big fan of veggies. I am sure a lot of us are not and thus are unhealthy lifestyles. Also, I don’t like food with tomatoes so which meant all the veggies I had to cook in yogurt. Tough call. But somehow lived through it. By the end of the week I was super bored and monotonous with this food.
Workout was 2 levels up. Yes, the idea was that every week a new workout regime will be introduced which will be tougher than the previous week. The pain was going. The results were coming. I could feel myself lighter although no changes in weight but the healthy food was making me feel good. And eventually each one of us started enjoying the workout. I use to look forward to it because the workout was not only bringing stability in my life but it was also strengthening. Most importantly, during workout, I felt I could breathe better. The work stress would completely wipe out. All the more reason to do it better.
Week 4: Meal plan same as above. Workout regime more advanced. Detox was showing great results on my skin: less oily, fresher looking and glowing. I was feeling light and everyone started noticing. It was the week when I had my birthday. The one day everyone looks forward to the entire year. Since I hadn’t cheated single time on my meal plan, I decided not to do it on my birthday either. But every Saturday one could avail a cheat meal.
Week 5: This was the last week and surely the most deadly. Exercise was much tougher. Meal plan was to have everything boiled. So my day followed like:
Breakfast at 9am: Boiled eggs
Mid-day lunch at 12pm: 1 Apple and 1 Banana
Lunch at 3pm: Boiled chicken with veggies
Early dinner at 6pm: 1 apple and 1 banana
Dinner at 9pm: Boiled chicken salad
1 glass of detox juice
The 5th week was when everyone around me started noticing the change. I was feeling it too but I couldn’t see any difference in myself. But my colleagues, friends, family everyone did. There ended the 5 weeks journey. But our trainers were nice enough to give us the maintenance regime as well.
Losing 9kgs in 5 weeks was definitely not something I expected of myself. But that’s the thing we expect too little of ourselves. One thing I learnt from this journey was the realization that my life can’t evolve around what a stupid little scale says. What matters most is that I feel healthy and am genuinely happy. And you know what, I am!
Also, another reason why you stay motivated is because of the trainers. They will continuously buck you up, support you, be mad at you if you skip and most importantly be there to pull you up again when you just want to give up!
I’ll continue on my journey of eating healthy and staying active. Can’t wait to start my next session! 🙂